Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma for the Treatment of Acetabular Labral Tear of the Hip

Arthur Jason de Luigi*, Daniel Blatz, Christopher Karam, Zachary Gustin, Andrew H. Gordon

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Objective: This study aims to assess whether ultrasound-guided injection of platelet-rich plasma can safely and effectively treat symptoms associated with acetabular hip labral tears. Design: Institutional review board approval was gained for a prospective study of eight patients (N = 8), who have previously failed conservative management, to receive ultrasound-guided injection of platelet-rich plasma at the site of hip labrum tear. We assessed pain reduction and functional ability at baseline and then 2, 6, and 8 wks after injection, using the visual analog scale and Harris Hip Score, respectively. Results: Statistically significant differences in Harris Hip Score were seen 2 wks (86.5 ± 10.8, P < 0.01), 6 wks (88.0 ± 10.7) P < 0.01), and 8 wks (92.1 ± 11.6, P < 0.01) after injection as compared with baseline (76.0 ± 13.4). Corresponding improvements were seen in visual analog scale 2 wks (1.0, P < 0.01 at rest, 2.5, P < 0.01 with activity), 6 (0.9, P < 0.01 at rest, 2.3, P < 0.01 with activity), and 8 wks (0.5, P < 0.01 at rest, 1.3, P < 0.01 with activity) compared with baseline (3.8 at rest, 5.4 with activity). Conclusions: Ultrasound-guided injection of platelet-rich plasma holds promise as an emerging, minimally invasive technique toward symptom relief, reducing pain, and improving function in patients with hip labral tears.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1010-1017
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019


  • Hip labral tear
  • Hip pain
  • Platelet-rich plasma
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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